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Health Assessment Essay

850 words - 4 pages

Assessment is the first step in determining the health status of the patient. As a first year student and new in nursing field, I admit that I do not have much idea and have not experience doing it. At first, I thought health assessment is all about interviewing and taking vital signs only. But, after reading about the nursing process, I could say that, I was enlightened and gained understanding about the health assessment process. This essay will reflect on insights gained in two health assessment framework. The Gordon’s functional health pattern and the body systems approach. And the strength and weakness of these frameworks offered in collecting and organising clients’ comprehensive ...view middle of the document...

As the GFHP is part of health history taking, I learned that health history is one of the most important components of a physical assessment (Peacock, 2004). Like for example if a client complains of insomnia, I can use the GFHP in asking him about his sleep pattern, cognition and perception and roles and relationship. By using these part of functional health pattern, I can identify his worries why he is awake at night. And can combine it with the body systems approach like endocrine system to know if his thyroids are functioning well which might be the cause of his insomnia.
However, taking an in-depth nursing assessment is time consuming and in some cases it takes days to complete (Castledine, 2004). And how about in emergency situation, how can I use the GFHP if the client is unconscious? Yes, it is possible to interview the family or friend but I still believed that only the client know his own health status (Castledine, 2004). It is because the information gathered during the health history will allow the nurse to decide which body systems to examine, as well as the extent of the investigation (Price et al, 2000).
To sum up, while doing this assignment, I realised that I need to learn more about the nursing assessment to prepare myself in the future. Yet I am happy in what I have learned that nursing assessment is not just interviewing and vital signs, it is really broad and crucial part of the nursing process.

Baid, H. (2006). The process of conducting a physical assessment: A nursing perspective. British Journal of Nursing, 15(13), 710-4. Retrieved from:;article=BJN_15_13_710_714
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